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settlements in the occupied west bank. the news agency reuters is reporting john brennan, the nominee for the head of the cia, had detailed knowledge of the agency's torture program while serving under president george w. bush. official records apparently show brennan received regular internal cia updates about the progress of torture techniques, including waterboarding. it is not clear if you raise any objections at the time he was made aware. attorneys for five alleged conspirators in the 9/11 attacks have asked a military judge to allow them to spend 48 hours at the guantanamo bay prison where their clients have been held. on the second day of a pre-trial hearing, navy commander walter reed says the conditions of the men should factor into whether there ultimately sentenced to death. >> in cases where we have asked to put people to death. when the government sets out to put people to death, our supreme court has said [indiscernible] one of our standards is to go in and look at their conditions of confinement, look at how they live. >> activists from across the country gathered at t
hagel for secretary of defense, john brennan is director of the cia. chuck hagel is a leader our troops to desert. he is an american patriot. -- our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. he served with honor alongside his own brother. when he was hit by shrapnel his brother saved him. when is the other was injured by a mind, he risked his life to poland to safety. -- liked to pull him to safety. he bears the scars from battles but in our name. this would be historic. he would be the first person up enlisted rank to serve the secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries to the been wounded in war. the first vietnam veteran to leave the department. as i assaulting our business together, chuck hagel, our troops the character and strain. they see one of their own. he is a champion and our troops and military family. he thought to give our veterans the benefit they deserve. as head of the u.s. so he devoted himself to caring for our troops. having studied under the gi bill he helped lead the fight. having cochaired my and a.i.g. board he knows that our armed forces collect and lives
national security team yesterday. nominating chuck hagel to be secretary of defense and john brennan to be the next director of the c.i.a. the critics are already out with their sharp swords. they intend to do to chuck hagel what they were able to do to susan rice but it's not going to work this time because the white house is fighting back. they're already doing so. we've got to join that fight. we'll talk about that and a whole lot more. first, we get the latest, today's current news update, here she is, lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa. >> hey bill. welcome back. as bill mentioned obama's new appointments to his national security team are drawing some criticism from capitol hill. first off former senator chuck hagel who the president officially chose yesterday as his defense secretary. obama called him an american patriot and the leader our troops deserve. if confirmed hagel will be the first vietnam vet and the first enlisted soldier to become secretary of defense. republicans are criticizing the former senator for not having enough support for israel and not taking a ha
the defense department. >> at the cia the president wants his chief counterterrorism adviser john brennan to be in charge. both must be confirmed by the senate where the former senator faces intense criticism. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning and good morning in the west. the president praised hagel as a vietnam vet who bears the scars of his war wounds the first enlisted soldier to head the department of defense, it was a clear effort to convince skeptical republicans and democrats in the senate that hagel is the right man for the job. >> he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that's something we only do when it's absolutely necessary. >> reporter: praising hagel's independence, mr. obama seems to challenge his opponents in the senate. >> in the senate i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind even if it wasn't popular. >> mr. president, i'm grateful for this opportunity to serve our country again, and especially its men and women in unif
at the defense department and counterterrorism adviser john brennan to run the c.i.a. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, we have more on the nominations and the vigorous debate about the president's picks. >> ifill: then margaret warner has the latest on an $8.5 billion settlement against ten major banks over foreclosure abuses. >> woodruff: ray suarez breaks down a new report detailing health care spending since the passing of the affordable care act. >> ifill: and we continue our series of conversations with newly elected members of congress. tonight: texas republican senator ted cruz, a vocal opponent of the eleventh-hour fiscal cliff deal. >> i would have voted against it because i think it was a lousy deal. it wasn't a serious response to the grave fiscal and economic problems facing this country. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance a
announcing cia director will be john brennan today. that's coming out at 1:00. they clearly leaked that announcement to take the heat off the chuck hagel kerfuffle. in washington, no one's talking about it, though. they're talking about rg3. >> do you think it's going to happen for chuck hagel? >> yes, i do. it's going to be a spirited confirmation process, but i think it will happen. >> cnn newsroom with carol costello begins now. we'll see everyone else back here tomorrow morning. sorry. next time, charles. good morning, carol. >> good morning. thanks a lot. >>> here's what's happening in the newsroom. a war hero and washington politics. former senator chuck hagel may need the war survival skills as one-time allies rally against his pending nomination as defense secretary. >> my wife is a hero. she protected her kids. she did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner. >>> a georgia man praising his wife after she fought back against an intruder. gun rights advocates say we told you so. >>> rg3 down and out. the redskins have replaced their franchise quarter
counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. but of course republicans on the hill are panning this pick. and some democrats as well have some concerns. critics charge that hagel's support of israel has been lacking, and that he has not been tough enough on iran. they point to his comments, once describing apac, the leading pro-israel lobby, as the jewish lobby. and also to his lack support for unilateral sanctions against iran. but here at the white house, they're pointing to his support for sanctions from the u.s. as well as its allies, together, forming sanctions against iran. this is something president obama referenced today in the east room. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand with allies. and with friends. as a successful
brennan nomination until he gets answers on benghazi and the attack in libya. what about john brennan's nomination? >> he has criticism from the left and the right. >> he has been depicted as picking and choosing the target. he has criticism from the right. whether he participated in the leak. the underwear bomber sent out to castigate those who question whether or not the underwear bomber should have been read the miranda rights. he serve served in the bush administration. they will about support for enhanced interrogation, lindsey graham from the right and variety of characters from the left. at the end of the day he will be confirmed. a lot of serious questions asked. is he a steady solid operator or the publicity hot dog he has been for the last couple of years in the position as counterterrorism director. he has been the principal source for a good movie. >> bret: the questions about leaks may come up in the nomination hearing as well. >> this is the second toughest one but it will get through. this is leverage to get the questions, the republicans want answered on benghazi. and
hagel, former secretary of defense and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. >> woodruff: hagel is a vietnam veteran who would replace the retiring leon panetta. he would be the first defense secretary who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck is the champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families. as the leader of the v.a., he fought to give our veterans the benefits they deserve. as head of the u.s.o., he devoted himself to caring for our troops. >> woodruff: the former senator from nebraska who left office in 2009 said he especially wants to serve those in uniform. >> these are people who give so much to this nation every day. with such dignity and selflessness. this is particularly important at a time as we complete our mission in afghanistan and support the troops and military families who have sacrificed so much over more than a decade of war. >> woodruff: but on sunday senate minority leader mitch mcconnell made clear h
been very reluctant to support tough sanctions. >> demonstrators protest against john brennan's role in shaping controversial interrogation techniques after 9/11. matsch husband masterpiece. >> dearest mary. now you tell me all of your wedding plans, and i'll see what i can do to improve them. >> the opening night. a huge success for pbs. nearly eight million fans watched the downtown abby third season premier. we have an exclusive look behind the scenes at the making of the hit series. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in new york today. white house is now gearing up for two big confirmation fights. the president's nominees for defense secretary and cia director. joining me now for our daily fix chris alis why, msnbc contributor and managing day editor and nbc's chuck todd, chief white house correspondent political director, and host of the daily rundown here on msnbc. chuck, from the white house perspective now, where do they think they their biggest fight? i know that they feel confident going forward that they're going to be able to win the day, but as you saw in our open, even
have followed john brennan's career for many years here. he has been all over the map on this issue has he not? >> reporter: that's right, martha and good morning. the senate intelligence committee recently finished a classified 6,000 page report on the cia's enhanced interrogation program said to concluding a aggressive methods, critics call them torture did not provide solid intelligence. it was during this period john brennan was at cia senator feinstein is ardent critic of cia program and she leads the senate intelligence committee along with ranking republican saxby chambliss who in the past has been highly critical of brennan's law enforcement approach to terrorist prosecution. it comes with the release of the movie "zero dark thirty." which depicts the manhunt for usama bin laden and the cia's use of the enhanced interrogation program. while deannouncing waurd boarding as un-american in a 2007 interview, brennan told cbs news said it was valuable. quote, there has been a lot of information that has come out of the interrogation procedures that the agency used against real hardcor
, welcome, everybody. the starting point, the president's pick to run the cia. john brennan, top adviser on counterterrorism. is he ready for the job? and prepare for a fight on the president's pick for defense secretary. some will fight the choice of the former republican senator chuck hagel for the job. >>> and the car of the future just might be here already. details about the new self-driving car. >> is it fighting irish or roll tide? college football champ will be crowned. what about the pros? major second guessing after a football star goes down. >> and the lineup this morning, newark mayor cory booker will join us, chris murphy, connie mack and mary bono mack and mike and mike in the morning are our guests. and "starting point" begins right now. welcome, everybody. this just in to cnn. the white house naming long-time cia official and top counterterrorism adviser john brennan as high-profile conservatives are declaring war so to speak for the president's pick for defense secretary. chuck hagel for nebraska. let's get to jill daugherty. let's start with brennan. first, give us info
lindsay graham has said i don't get answers on benghazi and no confirmation for john brennan. is that fair, is that right? >> i think that is a call the white house has got to make. i don't have all the details. i know john brennan respected him for years. >> is he up for that job, c.i.a. director? >> i've had a great relationship with him. i think the senate has to make that decision. i think the president has to decide whether it is enough and senate to confirm to responsible to make it comfortable. >> neil: we had john kerry coming, two decorated veterans who have an add version to our foreign policy on war maybe for very good reason. how do you feel about that? could this complicated our mission abroad in places like afghanistan and else where? >> my sense is senator kerry and senator hagel are very experienced people. the fact they have military service is helpful. it will be hard exactly what they do. the next four years at least are going to be uncharted territory. i think we'll be in a very dangerous world but certainly >> does it worry iran likes the hagel choice and senator hagel
adviser, john brennan, is expected to be nominated to the cia. there were concerns over his endorsement a few years ago. we'll have live coverage of the announcement today, here on c- span. again, chuck hagel, right now chairing the atlantic council. also, john brennan, nominated to head the cia. he is the current white house counter-terrorism adviser and cia deputy director for a couple of years. those announcements were expected this afternoon. -- are expected this afternoon. we will likely hear more about these nominations today during a white house briefing. we will have live coverage of that also here on c-span. >> i think that cyber security remains the top priority. we saw congress failing to reach an agreement on the legislation in 2012, as many would have predicted. they remain very far apart because industry is opposed to these security standards. >> another big issue will be implementing the option to create more spectrum so the fcc has its sleeves and rolled up and is in the middle of working on that. some of the hot-button issues there are on license spectrum's, powering wi
. it is all hagel all the time. it is as close as you get in washington, d.c. to a safe bet. john brennan a lot of experience within the cia. he has developed a very good relationship with obama and the white house over the past few years. in a sense, they are choosing the safe road because i think they understand they are in for a bit of a battle with hagel. connell: they may have nominated brennan in the fast. the technique came up and they did not want to go through it. apparently, now they are okay going through it. >> i think in a sense it is a passage of time. i think they probably would have gotten the nod before. you have this bizarre story that is been brought up as a result of the release of that film. it is a bit of a name issue. connell: what did you think of the movie? >> it is good entertainment. hollywood does what hollywood does. they make some choices. they have strong leads. it is good entertainment. that part of it is that the senators seem to be mistaking entertainment for reality. what this film is depicting as it does not match our perception. connell: it does show p
to be a big week for white house staff announcements. president obama will nominate john brennan as an ex-c.i.a. director. that could happen as soon as today. brennan previously spent 25 years at the spy agency. mike morrell is acting director. he replaced general petraeus who resigned over an extra marital affair. today we'll begin to hear all of the evidence against the colorado movie massacre. the judge will then decide if the case should go to trial. holmes is accused of killing 12 people, injuring dozens more in that shooting last july. secretary of state hillary clinton heading back to work today. a few hours from now clinton will return to the state department. she was released five days ago from a hospital for treatment of a potentially life threatening blood clot. many lawmakers still demanding secretary clinton testify about the benghazi libya terror attack before they vote on john kerry as her successor. >>> look at what's left of this car that had a six-month-old baby inside when it ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck. this is in the state of maine. cops say even
and on the right white house counter-terrorism advisor john brennan who has been tapped to head the cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i am confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> in the days to come it is expected the president will try to make his current chief of staff lack -- jack lew the treasury secretary. he has a contentious relationship with capitol hill. he will have to talk about the debt creeling and spending cuts. he is sure to answer questions about the time he spent in the cia and the role he played in enhanced terror methods and legal questions surrounding drone attacks. the most difficult nominations will almost surely be chuck hagel for defense. his comments about israel and talks with iran are already angering some senate republicans. if the white house runs into trouble with these three, the one guy that may have the relative cake walk here as far as his confirmation is concerned is senator john kerry
the decision. lou: we will be back and find out what john brennan is doing, the man who will be running the cia. what is that about? we will be right back. ♪ ♪ lou: the president's appointments, i will dismiss them if i may for tonight only. they will be what they will be. the move to my favorite story of the day, senator david fischer of louisiana calling the senate majority leader a complete idiot for saying that the people of louisiana, it was nothing for them, all about super storm sandy. what is your -- and me, what is your reaction to that? >> i think senator reid understood that he had to apologize pronto, which is what he did. you know, things happen. stuff happens. lou: he misspoke, he said, but he did not say that the charge was untrue. i find that fascinating. >> we have a situation where the president is not talking to the minority leader of the senate or the speaker of the house. we have harry reid and mcconnell effectively almost coming to blows. one senator is calling another one day he. and this is supposed to be our, you know, shining city on the health. lou, the. >> and th
. obama in the oval office on december 14 as his homeland security advisor john brennan tells him that 26 people, including 20 first graders, were shot to death at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. today, newtown got a visit from a famous victim of gun violence and jim axelrod is there. >> reporter: this is former representative gabrielle giffords, accompanied by her husband mark kelley after meeting with local officials in newtown and families of those killed. those present want to keep the details private. on wednesday, giffords, america's highest profile living gunshot victim and kelley met with new york mayor michael bloomberg. he's been a vocal supporter of stricter gun control laws. but nowhere is the gun control debate more personal than newtown. desiree viauso has a fourth grader at sandy hook elementary and is friends with the family of josephine gay, a first grader who turned seven just three days before she was killed. viuso, who's been an n.r.a. supporter, owns two rifles an an air pistol. how have your opinions changed since the shooting? >> i used to be c
to mention is john brennan. john brennan is going to be nominated to head the cia probably today. brennan is very close to the president. i'm told that if there's one person he relies on in the most secret inner debates, it's john brennan who's been his chief counterterrorism and intelligence adviser. john brennan is going to go over to run the cia. in the three branches, he'll have people who were his people. you couldn't say that about gates. he couldn't say that about secretary clinton. and now have that team. and i think that's, again, don't think entirely about the fight ahead. think about what he's trying to accomplish with this group. why he wants them. >> that is the question.brennan goes as planned. what would that mean for the direction of u.s. foreign policy and the president's foreign policy doctrine, and how would it differ from the first four years? >> what that tells you, i think, mika, is this president is serious about completing this process of withdrawal of u.s. troops. kerry and hagel have both spoken very forcefully about ending the combat role in afghanistan. it rein
battle? why some critics on both side of the aisle strongly oppose john brennan's nomination. we'll take you live to washington on that. >>> plus damaging testimony in the case of a woman charged with killing her lover in cold blood. wait until you hear what one witness claims jodi arias was doing the day after that brutal murder. >> when you go back to your house, what do the two of you do? >> we talked for a while. i think we agreed we would watch a movie or something like that. and that's what we did. we turned on a movie. >> what happened during the movie. >> at some point, i mean we were talking and, we kissed this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. jenna: new controversy in washington over the president's picks for the director of central intelligence agency, the head of the director of the cia. this is ahead of john brenn
of israel. but hagel's confirmation, george, as you know, is not guaranteed. >> not at all. john brennan, replacing david petraeus, he's been the president's closest adviser on counterterrorism. at the heart of that hunt for osama bin laden. also, likely to face questions about the president's drone warfare program. >> reporter: exactly those kinds of questions and some enhanced interrogation questions. he's very close to the president. he was right there next to obama when osama bin laden was killed. he, of course, replaces david petraeus, because he resigned in the wake of the sex scandal. >> okay, martha raddatz, thank you so much. >>> and, george, now to what is the earliest and most intense flu outbreak in a decade. as we told you, 41 states reporting cases. 18 children have died. and the flu season is just getting started. dr. richard besser joins us with what you need to know. good morning, rich. >> good morning. i've been talking to the cdc about this. this outbreak really has them concerned. although the season is early, it's not too late to get some protection from the vaccine.
was openly gay. president obama also has a new appointment for the director of the cia, john brennan. he served in the cia for 25 years and currently serves as presidents top counter- terrorism adviser. he was glad to be nominated and 2008 but braden withdrew his name and questions about his connections to enhance the interrogation techniques and the cia during the bush administration. >> assemblywoman nancy skinner is scheduled to reintroduce legislation aimed at a tougher gun control and california. she is expected to propose a law that will regulate and tighten ammunition sales and the state and ban high- capacity magazines. oakland mayor jean kwon is expected to attend the news conference announcing the legislation. skitters new bill will require background checks and will require ammunition purchasers to show their id. the bill also proposed what that all ammunition sales be reported to the department of justice among other regulations. we'll have a live report from kron4 as will tran and the next half hour. >> authorities are investigating a shooting that ended a 16 year-old girl t
own mike emanuel that president obama is expect today nominate john brennan to be the next director of the cia. we're told that this could happen as early as tomorrow. brennan spent about 25 years at central intelligence agency before serving as president obama's counterterrorism and homeland security advisor at the white house, and more information as soon as we get it. anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. because helps you keep doing what you love. no wonder it's america's #1 selling pain reliever. you took action, you took advil®. and we thank you. >> the next act in gerard depardieu's role as a russian citizen. he was welcomeded by putin and the expatriate was greeted as a hero in a town east of moscow offered an apartment for free. it's not clear where he intends to settle down. his decision to flee his homeland was prompted by the proposed supertax on millionaires. let's do fox fast
that he needs to answer. >> steve: sure. one of the president's other nominees is john brennan for c.i.a. chief. it's interesting, the president didn't nominate him four years ago because he was probably a little too controversial. what's different now? >> john brennan has a very distinguished career, but i do think he, being part of president bush's administration in regards to the enhanced terrogation techniques, these are issues that during the confirmation process there will be questions that will be asked. i think there are questions he also needs to answer. he has a very distinguished career and we know the president has a great deal of confidence in him. one of the points is that the president is entitled to have his team in place. the senate has an independent responsibility in the confirmation process. so we have a responsibility to ask questions. we want the president to get his team in place. but we do believe it's important that people -- we have the information before we vote on confirmation and make our own judgment as to whether this is the person who should be confirm
know that he was distraught over it. he's there with the counter of terrorism chief john brennan. i have a cynical point of view. i don't like the release of these pictures. i find them to be largely propaganda. it's the same picture of when we got bin-laden. it's great we got bin-laden. it would be great if he was concerned about gun control. to see oh, i'm so struck about it it would have been nicer if he would have done something about it before with gun control. gabrielle giffords will be meeting with connecticut governorgovernancey wymangovernor governor ygovernor i didn't nan. in 21 days we've had 427 gun deaths since the the connecticut massacre. it's a slow massacre and we're all living in it. >> congress has proposed ten pieces of legislation in order to deal with gun violence. democrats proposed eight new gun safety bills and republicans proposed two bills eliminating begun-free zones. to give a sense of what democrats are trying to get accomplished when it comes to gun control they want to ban high capacity ammunition and close loopholes and they want anyone who gets a gu
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overseas. the washington post reports counter-terrorism adviser and cia-nominee john brennan has signed off on a plan to exempt the drone attacks in pakistan from a list of operations that would be covered under newly enacted rules. areas covered in the so-called play book include the process for adding names to kill lists, the principles for killing u.s. citizens abroad, and the command chain for authorizing cia or u.s. military strikes outside war zones. the exemption of drone strikes in pakistan would allow the cia to continue carrying them without -- tearing them without a legal framework for a to two years. the hostage standoff in a jury of his ended in the deaths of dozens of people, including up to 48 of the captured workers. algerian forces say they recovered at least 25 bodies after storming the militant held gas complex saturday, bringing the confirmed death toll to least 80. witnesses say the hostages were brutally executed. the toll could have been worse as hundreds of hostages had earlier managed to escape. a will on islamist fighter has claimed responsibility for the attack on
for that job. and john brennan and acting cia director michael morell remain on the short list. history shows most presidents get the nominees they want but in this political environment, there's no guarantee. >> it used to just be supreme court justices who inspire these sort of partisan free for alls. now it's bleeding down into a cabinet pick as well. >> reporter: the president has already made one choice for secretary of state, senator john kerry for that position. he's expected to have a smooth confirmation. i did talk to a senior administration official, asked him if the president had already settled on names for all of those positions but just not made them public. this official telling me, quote, no decision is final. wolf. >> >> dalothian in hawaii for us. let's dig deeper. the politics behind philly. our sister publication "time" magazine takes a closer look at that. michael crowley is joining us here in "the situation room." thanks for coming in. >> thanks, wolf. >> it's never completely easy getting confirmation. you nominate someone, getting them confirmed. it looks like it's goi
of the stories in the news. here is this from the associated press. -- president obama will nominate john brennan. this will be announced at an event this afternoon. he is nominating chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. both must be confirmed by the senate. obama considered brennan for the top cia job in 2008. there were questions about his connection to enhance interrogation techniques. the associated press says brandy knight involvement -- brennan denied involvement. chuck hagel will be nominated as defense secretary today. here is that story from "u.s. today." this is seen as controversial. president obama's choice of chuck hagel to leave the defense department likely size of a contentious nomination fight in the senate. this came up yesterday in a sunday talk show. senator lindsey graham addressed it on cnn. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense for the state of israel in the nations history. he has said you should negotiate with iran. sanctions will not work. israel should negotiate with hamas. he also is one of 12 se
for defense. mr. john kerry, secretary of state. the and mr. john brennan of virginia, for -- [inaudible] there you go. thank you very much, everybody. shepard: nancy pelosi, eric cantor. a.b. stoddard here with me from "the hill." columnist, editor. the signing happened in the president's room. >> with the very people he has been dealing with. majority leader cantor and house speaker john boehner on the fiscal cliff and onto the very important debate over whether and how and when to raise the debt ceiling, these are, it is a time of high tension. these are not people who get together often when. they do it is not easy, but everyone is playing a role today of high ceremony and giving it respect that it deserves. president obama is clearly, in a relaxed mood, enjoying, enjoying this, this occasion. you could see when he left to go back inside the capitol, i thought it was interesting to look a last look at the sea bodies down the mall and sort of drinking it in. it was interesting. he knows he has a few hours before it becomes the grueling combat again of governing and moving on to his am
these three new faces, chuck hagel, john kerry, and john brennan, you know, ashow do they feel about walking away from afghanistan? we talked about it before and it didn't go so well. >> reporter: that's correct. we'll have to what it and see the positions these new if, in fact, they do get confirmed how they will view this transition. our understanding is when you look at the defense department and someone like mr. hagel would most likely be leaning towards what we're seeing with the president, more aggressive in drawdown -- drawing down the troops in afghanistan. you know, we have to look back to the president during both of his campaigns made the promise of ending the war, first of all, in the first campaign in iraq, and drawing down the troops in the war -- winding down the war in afghanistan. in his second campaign he focused on that again, winding down the war in afghanistan, so this is in many ways the president delivering on that promise. but as we've been talking about, how quickly it should happen, how aggressive it should be is a big issue that will be discussed here today and con
. that picture -- the general picture you showed before the segment of the top level appointees, john brennan we didn't mention, all being men. it is a change. it is a little disturbing. and the departure of somebody as luminous as hillary clinton, too, makes it feel more stark and more like, you know, really something that should be corrected. and i don't -- i think he will in future appointments. but he doesn't have a chance to correct those top, top appointments. >> your thoughts? you lived through all this. you know what affirmative action looks like. that's not affirmative action. >> no. i preach diversity and will preach it to the president. it's a process and you keep working at it. >> what should -- we worked it with the producers today. trying to frame this question. things happen like this organically. people know people. we know how it works. what is it he didn't do that he should have done affirmatively? >> did he borrow, you know, one of romney's binders full of women or something like that? apparently he didn't. diversity, it has to happen on all levels. so you look for somebody to
a role by the senators. >> schieffer: what about john brennan, the nominee for the cia. your friend lindsay graham says he should not be confirmed until we know more about the attack in libya. are you going to -- >> i think lipid lindsay's right. it's been months now and we still haven't gotten basic information. how were the talking points that were given ambassador rice to tell the american people. and on this program why weren't there dod assets for seven hours capable. there's so many questions that have not been answered, and lindsay's right. in the case of mr. brennan mr. brennan says he oppose torture but there are statements where he basically supported it. and finally as you know, there was an investigation, there is an investigation ongoing about the leaks after the takeout of osama bin laden and mr. brennan was there in the whitehouse and some of those leaks came out. we need to know the results of that investigation as well. there are a lot of questions that need to be asked. i look forward to the hearings. i have always believed that a president deservelz the deserves t
obama will be nominating john brennan for the director of the cia to replace david petraeus to resign are with the scandal regarding his affair. britons are than the cia for 25 years where he currently serves as the president's top counter-terrorism adviser. president obama consider britain for the top c.i.a. job and 2008 the british withdrew his name amid questions about his connection to enhance interrogation techniques in the cia during the bush administration. the official announcement is expected this afternoon. >> a man is on the run this morning after police say he intentionally set a woman on fire at the bayview district of san francisco. police say baxter however 200 seen here. witnesses tell standards as the police said they heard a woman screaming out hollister avenue between third and jennings yesterday afternoon. police a however prosser a perfectible liquid over her and then set her on fire. it's possible that afterwards oliver walk down the street inward and light rail train. investigators are not releasing what led to the confrontation in many and a brighter side of th
's nomination of john brennan to be the next cia director suggests that trend is likely to continue. brennan, a strong proponent of drones as the president's chief counterterrorism advisor. for more on how the u.s. drone program works let's get to chief washington correspondent james rosen. he is live for us at the state department. james? >> reporter: jon, good morning. this program presents a consistent headache for the diplomats in this building and who must frequently contend with complaints from afghan and pakistani officials who say these drones all too often wind up killing innocent civilians instead of terrorists the drone program is one of the national security initiatives that president obama inherited from the bush administration and one which the current commander-in-chief has dramatically expanded. for all his criticism of president bush during the 2008 campaign over his conduct of the war on terror president obama has largely kept in place if not enhanced the architecture of that war as mr. bush and his advisors designed it. with his announcement yesterday that he is seeking to
before he becomes defense secretary. and obama aide john brennan will also face some tough questions in his bid for the cia. jon karl is covering it all from washington. good morning, jon. >> reporter: the president has put together the final pieces of his national security team. but he'll have to do battle with congress before getting them all in place. the president is wasting no time defending his chosen national security team. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple. who is going to do the best job in securing america? >> reporter: president obama's choice for defense secretary, chuck hagel, is a decorated vietnam veteran, with shrapnel from that war still in his chest. >> mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: while he's a former republican senator, this morning, he's drawing sharp criticism from both the right and the left, after comments he made in 2006 about israel. on monday, republican house majority leader eric cantor, who is jewish, said hagel is the wrong man for the job. >> i will make it my mission
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